Late last night myself and the rest of Twitter waited anxiously for the President’s big announcement to break. Amid the jokes about President Obama breaking into Donald Trump’s air time (the announcement interrupted the ending of Celebrity Apprentice) there was a nervous undertone of what was about to go down. What had happened? A Sunday “Breaking News” announcement was very rare. With the atmosphere for death and destruction being at an all time high already we could only pray for the best. After an hour of waiting and falling asleep nearly three times the President walked to the podium and declared that we had captured and killed Osama Bin Laden. Of course, this news broke on Twitter before Mr. President could say a word. Like many others I was shocked and amazed. This man, who had eluded President Bush for so long, was finally captured.
Was I happy, though?
Truthfully. No. The death of no one brings me pleasure.
Also, being who I am, I think about the bigger picture. What would this mean for America? Was Al-Qaeda making plans to retaliate as the President spoke? As I pondered these thoughts the response by Christian Twitter was questionable. Retweets of postings exclaiming the gladness and goodness of this man’s death. Is any death without Jesus good? What were we celebrating here? I heard that bars were giving out free champagne and the chants of USA! USA! USA! could be heard for avenues. But, what were we celebrating? Will this end terror? Or, as a quote on Twitter said, give Osama more power as a martyr? Also, what is being hidden from us?
Proverbs 27:17 states ”Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles; Lest the LORD see it, and it displease Him, And He turn away His wrath from him.”
It’s so easy to be swept up in the world. Gas prices have skyrocketed. Alabama has been flattened. Japan has been crushed by tsunamis. Unemployment is still high. The list goes on and on. But we need not be so desperate for something to be joyful about that we celebrate a man’s life ending. No matter what he was responsible for. As Christians, who are to have the mind of Christ, we should not want any to perish. No matter how hard it is to love. We are to operate in love always. Without conditions. So, I pray that before your celebration continues you stop and really think about what it is you are celebrating.
God bless you,
“If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.” ~Luke 6:32-36